Every once in a while you get to witness something amazing. I witnessed just that recently when I took a trip to visit Arizona SHINE.
As most of you know their station has been sold and the staff will be out of work in the near future. When the sale of your radio station is out of your hands you have a few choices on how you will respond. You can act out toward the sale of something you love so dearly or believe that God is in control and use every opportunity of opening the mic to change someones life while you still can. I am so proud that Arizona SHINE has decided to continue to make a difference in their community until the very last day. I had a few staff members tell me that they don’t want to waste opening the mic, they want each break to count.
As one of their last events, Arizona SHINE decided to give two days of air time to Compassion International to sponsor kids. They wanted kids to be sponsored as part of their legacy. Every day in the limited days a head of them, the staff still wanted to make a difference and change lives. The goal was for 75 children to be sponsored, the last I heard was; 86 were sponsored and listeners were still going.
I’ve been a part of a group of people who were family at work. WCIE was a special station to me. I shared this with the staff at Arizona SHINE. We were devastated to be divided up all over the country. Now 20 years later I can see God’s hand in what happened. Instead of our being at one station, we have been able to bless many stations around the world as we went our different directions. Jon Hull went to KLOVE and then started Word in Music and now making an impact on stations around the world through the KSBJ monitorship program. Dave Kirby has helped many stations with programming, production and fundraising over the years. I personally have been to over 100 stations in a few different countries helping them in the area of fundraising. Jim Campbell started the Radio Training Network with His Radio, WIND FM, JOY FM and many more stations. God took a few people at one station and has used them to help stations throughout the world.
I truly believe that if your station ends up with an Arizona SHINE staff member, you have found a nugget of gold.
Thumbs up to station manager Sally and the team for ending strong and ending with class. I cannot tell you how amazing it was to serve this station one last time. Please take time to send them notes of encouragement and remember them in your prayers. Thank you Fred, Sally, Dave, Amy and the entire staff at Arizona SHINE for being great examples to us all. You are indeed leaving a great legacy.